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October Science Table: Signs of Fall


Large table
Construction paper in fall colors
7 or 8 same-sized shoe boxes, covered with contact paper
Yellow tagboard
Reference books about trees and leaves


1. Beforehand, make a sign reading "Signs of Fall" out of construction paper. Put the sign and the shoe boxes together in an area.
2. Make signs for the boxes, for example, oak, maple, poplar, sassafras, hickory, dogwood, etc. and one for "mystery" leaves. The signs can include the shape of the leaves, too.
3. Ask the children to bring in examples of leaves and then match them to the appropriate picture and box.
4. If there is no match, put the leaf in the mystery box.
5. Teacher and children look up mystery leaves in reference books.

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Art: Make leaf placemats by placing 6 to 8 leaves on a piece of wax paper 12" x 18" (30 cm x 45 cm) and covering this with a second sheet of wax paper. Cover with padding. Slowly iron the surface to melt the wax. Trim the edges. * Make leaf prints by first placing a leaf on newspaper and then rolling a paint-filled brayer over the leaf. Flip the leaf over onto a piece of paper and press gently.
Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Science Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center: Science/Discovery/Nature
Topic: Flowers/Trees/Nature/Earth
Content: Science
Area: Cognitive
Age: 4 Years Old
Interaction: Individual Child

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